- Lil Wayne rings in 40th birthday with new Platinum certifications
Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for The Goldwing GroupLil Wayne has a lot to celebrate today. Not only does the rapper turn the big 4-0, but he also just scored 22 new RIAA Platinum certifications. The career-spanning certifications include songs “6 Foot 7 Foot” and “Love Me,” which are now seven-times Platinum, and “How To Love” and “A Milli,” which are now six-times Platinum. His albums I Am Not a Human Being and Tha Carter V achieved double Platinum status, while Tha Carter III was certified eight-times Platinum. Over the weekend, Weezy had a huge birthday party at The Nice Guy in Los Angeles, with guests including YG, Yella Beezy, Shannon Sharpe, Skip Bayless and Marcus Wiley. The night included a performance by Keith Sweat and a set by DJ Meel. Some of Wayne’s famous friends who were unable to make the bash filmed a video message wishing the rapper a happy birthday. The video features Drake, Nicki Minaj, Janet Jackson, Missy Elliott, Barry Bonds, Snoop Dogg, Floyd Mayweather, Chris Brown and more. Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
- "Batgirls get lonely, too": Leslie Grace shares more behind-the-scenes peeks at shelved movie
Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicLeslie Grace is sharing more behind-the-scenes peeks at Batgirl, the now-scuttled film in which she played Barbara Gordon/Batgirl. On her Instagram, and set to a song she apparently wrote with singer-songwriter Lauren LaRue that was initially called "Bad Girls Get Lonely, Too," Grace is seen being put through her paces on and off set. Grace is shown training for her role as the titular heroine and bearing the bruises her character endures in the course of the movie. One shows her tangling with Firefly, the baddie who was played by Brendan Fraser. There's also more lighthearted moments in between shots of time in the make-up chair or at the training gym. One shows Grace showing off a 3D printed ambigram -- the model displays "Leslie" or "Batgirl," depending on how it's positioned. Another shows Leslie being offered a cookie in shape of her Batsuit's chest emblem. Regarding the song, Grace explained she laughed at the fact that the lyrics sounded like "Batgirls are lonely, too." She noted, "in any case, over the last couple weeks, the song obviously took on a whole other meaning - as if it were written with all of the recent events in mind!" Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
- Burna Boy releases celebratory music video for "It's Plenty"
ABCBurna Boy has released a new music video for his song “It’s Plenty.” The carefree video follows the Nigerian singer to various locations – from the stage to a barbershop to an ice cream truck, where he hands out soft serve. Each new spot has a celebratory atmosphere as he shares the infectious tune with everyone he meets. The single is off his sixth studio album, Love, Damini, which dropped in July. The album debuted at #14 on the Billboard 200, marking his highest U.S. debut to date. Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
- 'Stranger Things' star Caleb McLaughlin says "racism" from fans "took a toll" on him
NetflixAt a comic convention in Belgium on Sunday, Stranger Things star Caleb McLaughlin revealed he has also weathered racist trolling, as did some of the actors of color in Game of Thrones, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. One of the fans at Heroes Comic Con Belgium caught Caleb's unfiltered answer on video. "It definitely took a toll on me as a younger kid," the actor, who plays Lucas on Stranger Things, said. "My very first Comic-Con, some people didn't stand in my line because I was Black. Some people told me, 'Oh I didn't want to be in your line because you were mean to Eleven,'" McLaughlin said. "Even now some people don't follow me or don't support me because I'm Black. Sometimes overseas you feel the racism, you feel the bigotry. Sometimes it's hard to talk about and for people to understand, but when I was younger it definitely affected me a lot." He continued, "You're like ... 'Why am I the least favorite? Why don't I have the followers? I'm on the same show since season 1.' But then my parents had to be like, 'It's a sad truth, but it's because you're the Black child on the show.'" "That's why with my platform, I try spreading positivity and love because I don't give hate back to people who give hate to me," Caleb said, to which the crowd applauded. The video snippet has been viewed nearly 430,000 times. Amazon Video claims its Rings of Power series has been review bombed by viewers taking issue with its Middle-Earth actors of color. Black actor Steve Toussaint vented about the racist trolls he's dealt with after he debuted as Corlys Velaryon in HBO's Game of Thrones spinoff House of the Dragon. Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
- Will.i.am says he came up with the idea for Beyoncé’s 'Break My Soul' remix EP
ABC/Paula LoboWill.i.am had a good feeling after listening to Beyoncé’s “Break My Soul” earlier this year. In fact, he says that he came up with the idea to release several dance remixes to the song. The Black Eyed Peas founder says he was inspired by the single and had different ideas for its beat. He told Metro that he immediately called one of his collaborators to work remotely on a freelance remix of the song, which helped inspire the remix EP that Beyoncé then released. “They weren’t thinking about remixes until I sent it,” will.i.am said. “They put out a remix EP and my song’s the first one on it – and I inspired it! I can’t find the word for it – it's like Santa Claus is real, man!” Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.